Tips to organize your closet
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The Closet Diaries1 of 10
by Alexis Jonnson
It's never too early to start on that spring cleaning. To help you clear out the clutter, we met up with one styling and organizing expert and her fashion-loving client. See how they take a clothes-packed closet from messy to immaculate, all in a single afternoon.
Clean Team2 of 10
Meet Marina Monroe, creative director of Stylehaüs, a membership-based company that helps you streamline your style—and your closet. Stylehaüs member Olga Valentina was in urgent need of having her overflowing closet spruced up in time for the warmer weather.
Boxed In3 of 10
Valentina made good use of the Net-A-Porter boxes that she had accumulated from a few online shopping sprees. The clean-looking black containers now hold bulky knit sweaters, out-of-season handbags, and accessories that won't need to be resurrected until next season.
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To keep her main closet from getting overpacked, Valentina utilized an armoire in her living room to store her special occasion dresses. Not only do the more fragile pieces stay out of the way and in a safe space, they also make a lust-worthy statement upon opening the doors.
Hang In There5 of 10
Use just one or two hanger styles to keep the space streamlined. "I swear by slim velvet hangers that allow you to maximize space, and they keep even the daintiest of tanks and dresses from slipping," says Monroe. While Valentina uses these for her tops and lightweight jackets, she hangs heavier items (like coats and trousers) on sturdier wooden hangers.
Group Therapy6 of 10
Organize clothing by type and length. "If you group all your long dresses together and separate them from your shorter dresses, then you'll create an easier way to access what you have," says Monroe.
Fixer Uppers7 of 10
The best part of a closet cleanout? Discovering long-forgotten pieces; you never know what's lurking in the back of the closet, just waiting to be tended to. "Fix, repair and clean your garments that need it. You'll find pieces become wearable again," says Monroe.
Pairing Party8 of 10
As a reminder for key pairings, "hang clothes together to make outfits," says Monroe. When jackets were placed next to specific skirts or pants, it helped Valentina cut down her getting-ready time.
Jewel Box9 of 10
Valentina stashes her costume jewelry in an easy-access bureau drawer, where pieces are organized in simple, open-face boxes.
Charity Case10 of 10
"If you know your clothes are going to a good cause, then it will make it easier to part with them," says Monroe. Check out Dress for Success, a national organization that provides interview attire for women in need.
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